Monday, September 18, 2017

Innovations and the Imagine! Leadership Development Group!

At Imagine!, our workforce is our number one asset.  So, to make sure that we are providing great supports to our employees, we select several staff each year to participate in the Imagine! Leadership Development Group.  The purpose of this group is to help develop the knowledge and skills of up-and-coming leaders here at Imagine!.  This year, one of the participants selected is Innovations Host Home Coordinator Britt McWilliams!  
When asked to define a leader, Britt wrote:
A leader is someone who is able to establish a trusting relationship within a group by being authentic in their own communication, receptive to others’ ideas, and is willing to remain open-minded and flexible.
If you see Britt around, please congratulate her on this prestigious honor!

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Click here to read CEO Mark Emery's post on this year's Leadership Development Group.

Click here to read the Imagine! Voices blog post highlighting all members of this year's group.

You can also watch the short video below to learn more about Imagine!’s Leadership Development Group.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Super Hero of the Month for August!

Every month, Innovations presents the “Super Hero of the Month” award to the employee or provider who has best demonstrated excellence in one or more of our Innovations Quality Standards:
  • Health, Safety, and Wellbeing
  • Effective and Efficient
  • Respect and Dignity
  • Opportunities
  • Integrity
  • Care

This month, the award was presented to Andrea Kintop, who is a Primary Residential Counselor at the Foothills Group Home.

Andrea was nominated by her Site Supervisor, who wrote:

I'd like to nominate Andrea Kintop for the Innovations Heroic Award. Andrea brings a positive attitude to work with her every day and it makes a huge difference in the overall atmosphere here at Foothills. She constantly has new and creative ideas for the residents and the house in general. You can tell that Andrea sincerely cares for the residents very deeply and focuses on giving them the best quality care. She gladly took on a weekly task to go to Food Share, which is not part of the typical primary residential counselor role, so that she could take one of the residents who loves to go there on his day off. Recently she planned birthday celebrations for 2 residents who have a birthday on the same day. She took one resident out for lunch and to Food Share, which was what he wanted to do. Later that same day she took 2 more residents out to dinner together to celebrate. She stayed much passed her scheduled hours to be able to celebrate with them and make it possible for them to do what they wanted to do on their birthdays. Andrea is an outstanding employee and role model at Foothills.

If you see Andrea around, please congratulate her on being our Super Hero of the Month!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Celebrating Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week!

This week is National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, and we wanted to take a moment to give a big thank you to all of our Innovations DSPs!

Every day, DSPs work hands-on with people in services to help them achieve their goals, and support their health and safety needs.  Innovations DSPs have a multitude of responsibilities, tailored to the unique needs of each person in services.  So much of the accomplishments we see individuals make are only possible because of the tremendous efforts of the DSPs assisting them.  It takes an incredible amount of hard work and patience to do the work of a DSP, and we are so grateful to have such an awesome and dedicated group of DSPs here at Innovations!

Thanks as well to Governor Hickenlooper for proclaiming this week as Direct Support Professionals Week in Colorado:



So again, a HUGE shout-out to all of our Innovations DSPs!  If you see an Innovations DSP this week, make sure to thank them for the great work they do each and every day to help fulfill our mission!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Excellence in Customer Service!

Each month, Imagine! presents the Excellence in Customer Service award to an employee who embodies one or more of Imagine!'s Customer Service Values:
  1. We provide a culture of support that relies on respect, open and timely communication, and integrity.
  2. We achieve results through continual improvement and creativity.
  3. We actively engage in and promote community.
This month, the award was presented to Imagine! Innovations Nurse Case Manager, Erica Krowiorz!
Erica’s nomination included the following praise:
Erica has shown time and again her dedication to meet the health and safety needs of the individuals we serve. Erica has made meals for group home individuals, and she has taken individuals to doctor appointments when other staff members have duties they needed to attend to. She has gone to the hospital and stayed with individuals until staff members are available, even continuing to interact with hospital staff until discharge to ensure continuity of care. 
Congratulations on this honor, Erica!  We're lucky to have you here at Imagine! Innovations.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Super Hero of the Month for July!

Every month, Innovations presents the “Super Hero of the Month” award to the employee or provider who has best demonstrated excellence in one or more of our Innovations Quality Standards:
  • Health, Safety, and Wellbeing
  • Effective and Efficient
  • Respect and Dignity
  • Opportunities
  • Integrity
  • Care

This month, the award was presented to Debbie Grillo, who is a Residential Counselor II at the Garden Place Personal Care Alternative home.


















Debbie was nominated by her Site Supervisor, who wrote:

I would like to nominate Debbie Grillo for the Super Hero of the Month. On many occasions, I have observed Debbie going above and beyond what is required of her to improve the environment at Garden Place. She needs very little direction and is working hard to support her co-workers and clients each day. This past Sunday, we had a sick call-off and Debbie immediately offered to work the majority of the shift.  When I came in about 5 hours into her shift, Debbie was outside with one of the ladies pulling weeds in front of the house. The entire house was clean, all duties were done, and all clients seemed content. Most importantly, she did all of this with a smile.  Additionally, even though Debbie is a newer staff, she has shown a real dedication to the house and puts extra effort into every single shift she works.  She has shown wonderful drive and initiative.  

If you see Debbie around, please congratulate her on being our Super Hero of the Month!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Super Hero of the Month for June!

Every month, Innovations presents the “Super Hero of the Month” award to the employee or provider who has best demonstrated excellence in one or more of our Innovations Quality Standards:
  • Health, Safety, and Wellbeing
  • Effective and Efficient
  • Respect and Dignity
  • Opportunities
  • Integrity
  • Care

This month, the award was presented to Maria "Shen" Hollcraft, who is a Residential Counselor at the Santa Fe Group Home.
Shen was nominated by her Site Supervisor and Residential Assistant Site Supervisor, who wrote:

Shen constantly looks for more work to do and is a very hard and thoughtful worker.  She completes the tasks listed on internal tracking systems without being asked to do them, and she always checks in with supervisors to ensure there is no more work to be done before leaving.  She is highly productive, and has a constant positive attitude. She is also very open to addressing individual concerns patiently, even during times of a busy shift.  
  
Shen is very deserving of this award.  She is always upbeat and positive.  She is a staff that is always staying busy and asking for things to do.  She is very respectful and courteous to the clients and other staff as well.  She has been a tremendous asset in helping cover vacations and short notice shifts.  She makes it a point to speak to and spend time with all the clients each time she works.  She is always smiling which sets the day off right as smiles go a long way in making other people feel good.

If you see Shen around, please congratulate her on being our Super Hero of the Month!

Friday, June 23, 2017

URGENT! Call Today to Protect Medicaid for People with Disabilities!

Medicaid funding is the life-blood for providing community services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) here in Colorado.  Currently, the Federal government pays for a percentage of the total cost of Medicaid services.  However, this week the Senate released a draft of its version of the American Health Care Act, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, which aims to transform the way Medicaid works.  This Act would change Medicaid to a per capita cap program, which would set a limit on the amount of federal funding each state would receive.  Over time, this change would mean that Colorado would receive less Medicaid funding, and that could lead to fewer people receiving services, and less funding for those that do receive services.  In addition, Colorado would have a difficult time increasing the State portion of Medicaid funding to make up for Federal cuts, as tax increases must be approved by voters, and the state budget must remain balanced.

We at Imagine! Innovations urge the members of our community, regardless of your political leanings, to voice opposition to this Act.  Call your Senators and urge them to vote against this Act to help protect community services for people with I/DD here in Colorado!

Cory Gardner: (202) 224-5941
Michael Bennet: (202) 224-5852